A ‘Messanic’ prostitution ring has been broken up by Israeli Police. Two men and two women have been detained on suspicion of exploitation.
The four suspects are a 60-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman from the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, a 47-year-old man from the town of Ashkelon and a 39-year-old woman from Jerusalem. They have so far not been named.
Police said the victims were brainwashed into believing that having sex with non-Jews would “save the Jewish people and bring about redemption” and that “they were made dependent on drugs and alcohol, having sex under their influence.”
The head of the police investigation, Superintendent Arik Mordechai, told the Haaretz newspaper that some 15 women had been recruited, some of whom were believed to be minors.
Their ‘clients’ – from whom money was received – included Palestinians from the West Bank and foreign workers from Tel Aviv, the newspaper reported.
The arrests were made after a four-month-long undercover investigation following reports that the Messianic sect was taking advantage of female members. During the investigation, police discovered that it was active throughout Israel.